1889… Time stood still in the temporary glass palaces of the Paris World's Fair. The pavilions, showing their iron lacework undersides, celebrated booming industry and Art Nouveau. It is against this thrilling backdrop that Frapin cognacs were rewarded for their excellence. Pierre Frapin received the gold medal from Gustave Eiffel himself. History goes not tell us what was said between the man of the soil and the man of iron. The estate in Charente, however, bears witness to what was done. Mr Eiffel used his genius to create indestructible store houses for Mr Frapin.
Created with the vitality of Art Nouveau, Paradis Perdu is an ode to the vineyards around the property. The perfumer, Amélie Bourgeois, drew her inspiration from the expanses of land, conjuring effervescence with curved lines, somewhere between gushing and encircling.
A hint of sap is first to be noted, the new Eve in this Garden of Eden. It rises from the soil in a rustling of vetiver roots. Intertwined up the vine shoots, a sign of lasting freshness, the sap changes from crisp green to dark green.
Basil, with its insolence as a new shoot, muddles the severe green of the large vine leaves. The bitter green of spinach leaves heralds the quirky elegance of this organic harmony.
As in Art Nouveau, Amélie has distilled nature and guided it to abstraction. In line with this joyful art, she has skilfully played with exotic green notes, changing Paradisamide into Paradise.