L'Artisan is a house that I have struck out with many times in the past with no hits, so I sampled Coeur de Vetiver Sacre with extremely low expectations. Despite my reservations on the house it came from, since Luckyscent recommended it after I filled out an extensive questionnaire as to my preferences, I felt I *had* to at least try it... and I am very glad I did.
I love vetiver scents, but this one is quite different to the vetivers I have smelled in the past. It is extremely subtle, slightly sweet, and the vetiver is not the primary note to my nose (despite the title). I get a lot of bergamot and black tea up top similar to the beautiful smell of Earl Grey (and into the heart notes), with a nice vetiver supporting note that is of the non-smokey kind, mixing with a heavy dose of saffron that stays around throughout the scent's development. Other supporting notes that take even more of a background role to the bergamot, vetiver and saffron, are dates and hints of cedar in the heart, and later-on light musk, semi-sweet amber and castoreum forming the base notes. Projection is minimal to below average, and longevity is above average.
Those looking for a raw vetiver dominant scent are bound to be disappointed, but if you want a subtle, classy skin scent that uses vetiver as a supporting note well, but features other notes like bergamot, black tea and saffron at the fore, then Coeur de Vetiver Sacre is bound to impress. This one has gotten no love from most reviewers, but *I* love it and it is the first L'Artisan that is added to my collection and my "Top Ten" list. 4.5+ stars out of 5... Superb, and highly recommended.