The newest Serge Lutens is Chypre Rouge by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake. I have tried this one six maybe seven times now, trying to get past the opening, or change my perception of the opening so my mind can evaluate the notes. But alas it is not going to happen.
The opening is a strong woody-peppery blast that leans toward the dreaded celery effect.
There are some beautiful notes under there, barely perceptible, smothered by the heavy celery wood note. I love the honeyed sweet notes that linger on the skin hours after the top notes burn off - a honeyed incense, sandalwood with a fruity tone. But by the time they arrive, it is a skin scent barely there, just a sweet remembrance of what could have been.
Die hard Serge Lutens fans will undoubtedly love it. The name is romantic, the composition complex and dense.