Caron Montaigne is not by any means, a teen or tween scent. It is rich,heady and complex in the classic Caron tradition. The notes list as coriander, bitter orange, mimosa, jasmine, narcissus, Mysore sandalwood, vanilla and amber. All players, to my nose, are present and accounted for.
Though Caron lists this as a floriental, I get a decidedly chypre-ish vibe. Composed in 2007 by in-house perfumer Richard Fraysse, this edgy scent puts out a sweet, powdery silage while remaining cool and green.
The jasmine in this composition is very fresh and real, and though not listed among the notes, I get an incensy note after about 15 minutes on the skin. Montaigne can be a real monster if over applied, so go lightly. The lasing power is excellent and I can smell it’s remnants 8 hours later.
I doubt this would appeal to the younger set, due to it’s classical french perfume style. But I am certain that my fellow perfumistas will find this more than suitable for any formal and fancy affair they attend, or for use in the boudoir, with one’s special one, as this is distinctly sexy and come hither. Though not overly similar , this puts me in mind of vintage Miss Balmain and also Balahe by Leonard.
I cannot compare it to the vintage formulation as I do not have any available to me.