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WHAT IS VINTAGE?


It's typical of collectors to be enamoured with old things in general, but when it comes to perfumes, there's a specific argument: vintage blends aren't compromised by the IFRA health guidelines. And, significantly, perfume is often compared to wine, sometimes actually improving with age.

In fact, the original definition of the word vintage is the harvesting of wine grapes. A vintage wine is one made from grapes that were all, or primarily, grown and harvested in a single specified year. A common, though incorrect, usage applies the term to any wine that is perceived to be particularly old or excellent, and it's in the latter sense that the word is now used for other products than wine as well, like furniture, cars, clothes, art, and perfume.

In the context of perfume, the term is used very loosely, often in an inconsistent and subjective manner, to refer to fragrances that were produced at a time when the industry was less dominated by marketing and health restrictions on raw materials than it is today, say, up until the early 1990s. As such, it's still to be seen if a bottle of La Petite Robe Noire will ever be considered vintage, unless marketing and health regulations eventually grow even more influential. Sometimes, the term is seen being used about newer fragrances that previously came in another version than the one currently for sale.

Guerlain itself only employs the term vintage for a few exclusive bottle editions, and for Thierry Wasser's re-created historical Guerlain perfumes.
(February 2018)


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