Ambre Premier opens with a relatively dull spiced orange citrus with an early taste of the much more substantial amber to come. As the fragrance enters its early heart the relatively sweet amber builds in intensity until it is easily the star of the fragrance now supported by the remnants of the early mild spice and dark warm rose. As the development reaches the late dry-down the amber remains the star, with the dark rose and dull spice dissipating but never completely fading. Fairly sanitized patchouli joins the quite linear progression late, giving a slightly earthy vibe to the amber through the end. Projection is above average and longevity is outstanding at just over 12 hours on skin.
Ambre Premier is a pretty linear fragrance as so many others in the amber genre tend to be. It is pretty much amber early, amber late and amber in-between. The solely starring amber is somewhat sweet, but never close to being cloying. The mild supporting spices used are extremely well-blended, as picking out individual notes is near impossible (to this reviewer at least). The rose that plays a key supporting role as the fragrance reaches its heart is not the kind of floral rose you expect would stand out, but rather a warm, blunted kind that is clearly meant to provide additional warmth to the amber rather than call attention to its typical floral aspects. The bottom line is this is a very good 3.5 star out of 5 amber composition that achieves its objective; but its linear nature and near sole amber focus just does not set it apart from other equally (and some even more) competent amber compositions on the market for similar or less money than its $180 per bottle price tag. Recommended to amber composition lovers for at least a sniff.