Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
When the house of Amouage was established in 1983 by the Sultan of Oman, the renowned perfumer Guy Robert essentially received carte blanche when it came to creating the signature Amouage fragrance. Now known as Amouage Gold, it is a perfume epitomizing luxury and opulence, a composition of traditional Omani ingredients, yet created in the grand style of French perfumery. Robert, whose creations include Hermès Equipage, Doblis and Calèche, Christian Dior Dioressence, and Madame Rochas, is a master of the gilded and elegant compositions that evoke mirrored ballrooms and Strauss waltzes. Likewise, Gold is a polished and luminous fragrance that dazzles without ever losing its refined quality. …
“You need an orchestra to play a symphony, but you can make great music with just a flute,” says Robert. Gold is undoubtedly a symphony, for it has the layered and ornate character that marks great French classics among which Robert’s creations like Calèche and Madame Rochas must be included. The dominant character of Gold is that of rose-jasmine champagne—deliciously sparkly, gently intoxicating and airy. The green floral opening sets the bright tone, while the rich base provides a perfect plush and sensual coda.
There is a similarity between Gold and Madame Rochas, given their soft aldehydic floral character and richness provided by the creamy sandalwood. One story I heard is that Madame Rochas was a beloved fragrance of the Sultan’s wife, and for this reason, elements of it were incorporated into Gold. Above all, Gold much like Madame Rochas exemplifies Robert’s style and his elegant fingerprint. It is a fragrance that would suit Versailles as much as the Sultan’s palace in Muscat, Oman.
Amouage Gold features notes of lily of the valley, rose, frankincense, iris, jasmine, myrrh, sandalwood, ambergris, musk, civet. Amouage fragrances are available online at Fourseasons, Parfumsraffy, The Perfume Shoppe, First-in-Fragrance. Their website, Amouage, provides more information and location listings.