No 80 Men’s fra­grances by Louis Vuit­ton

Esquire (UK) - - Stockists - Each £185/100ml; louisvuit­

Un­sur­pris­ingly, of all the houses in Grasse, France — the hill­top town just north of Cannes renowned as the spir­i­tual home of per­fumery — Louis Vuit­ton’s is the most el­e­gant. Tucked be­hind a gate on an unas­sum­ing street, the lush gar­den and sim­ple ex­te­rior of Les Fon­taines Par­fumées be­lies the shim­mer­ing lab­o­ra­tory housed within, the do­main of master per­fumer Jac­ques Caval­lier-Bel­letrud, one of the world’s fore­most noses, a fourth-gen­er­a­tion per­fumer and a son of Grasse. Charged with cre­at­ing Louis Vuit­ton’s first col­lec­tion of men’s fra­grances, he’s done a very fine job. There are five scents, each unique and mas­cu­line: L’Im­men­sité is the most clas­si­cally “fresh” fra­grance, with notes of grape­fruit, gin­ger and am­broxan, while Au Hasard is richer and warmer with san­dal­wood and car­damom. Esquire’s choice, though, is Sur La Route, sub­tly rem­i­nis­cent of fra­grant evenings on the Riv­iera. How apt.

Words by Char­lie Teas­dale Pho­to­graph by Dan McAlis­ter

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