Denyse says L’Heure VII Defendue is based on the seven deadly sins or the Forbidden Hour.
I’ll say. in snaps and sn
L’Heure VII Defendue is not some lightweight chocolate that’s a little milky or fluffy like a dessert. This is the dark black chocolate that’s a lot bitter and holds nothing back in expressing itself in snaps and snarls. Surrounded lightly in patchouli notes, you get that dusty, slightly musty smell, similar to the patchouli effect in Serge Lutens Borneo, but it’s more delicate, stringing out like tendrils instead of infusing the cocoa in a cobwebby cloud. And then there’s the iris that unfolds in the heart, tinged with melted chocolate, which is exquisite and unexpected.
This isn’t a gourmand, even though it is cocoa. This is the raw element that’s earthy, not the one you pick up in the chocolate shop. Sorta how regular Charbucks coffee is not a mocha cappucino. Long into the drydown, the cocoa loses some of the bitterness and hovers on the edge of gourmand like a tease. There are moments I sense a touch of Guerlain’s Iris Ganache, then shake my head and say – naw, couldn’t be.
Mathilde gave us three very interesting scents in this release. One which is utter floral beauty, Diaphane, much more mainstream, then the absolutely cunning horse and tea Fougueuse, and then this nongourmand gourmand, Defendue. It does call to mind a few sins, but ones I don’t think I’ve indulged in yet. Or that I can’t quite imagine how they’d work exactly.
Cartier sent me generous samples of all three of these, and I’ll part with four sets of samples from this sample for four commenters. So which one do you think you’ll like the most? The least? Did you have a favorite from the first set? Or have you not even smelled any of them?