Maybe a word in advance about the Zara Dupes themselves. As with La Rive, there are variations in quality, the extent to which fragrances come close to their role models, and of course the tiresome subject of durability.
But Zara has a special problem here; many fragrances have a pungent, high-frequency scratchy and synthetic note in the drydown after a frequently acceptable top note, which delays the shelf life, but equalizes the fragrances in the early base note. But for me it's especially problematic that this, let's call it perfume glutamate, with its constantly booming presence in the background also causes headaches. With the newer scents like Pipeline and Teahupoo I don't notice them, but with 9.0 or this one here.
Nevertheless, Gourmand Leather is among my Top 5 Dupes. He comes so damn close to his role model Ultra Mâle that it shivers you to spend more for it. The fragrance starts with a full charge of well defined canned pears (sic! Although not in the pyramid), dark blue and deep-sweet. The above-mentioned Zara glutamate gives him a peculiar freshness, which for me at least in the first hour even lifts him above his role model. He seems more interesting, dominant, self-confident and yet playful, projects enormously and is definitely, definitely not 10€ Billigheimer. In this phase I always feel compelled to sniff at the point of entry, simply because he smells comfortably sweet and at the same time screams loudly "yeah baby, I can still do it!" If it would stay SO over the whole course, and only fade away...
But then Zara comes and reminds me of the 10€. The glutamate takes over the control and becomes stronger from hour 2-3. Gourmand Leather now says goodbye to the sailor, gets a bit leatherier, and slowly ends. I would describe the late base as light, close to the skin leather, no longer sweet, but now also freed from the stabbing drydown extender and thus quite compatible. After 8-10 hours it's over, at least on my skin. It lasts much longer on the test strip or on clothing.
The brown rubberized bottle is now not really tingling, but the spray head doses properly and is easy to align. I don't expect more in this price range, although La Rive is mMn ahead of the pack here.
I can't recommend Gourmand Leather quite as unscrupulously as Dry Oil (Dior Homme / Homme Intense), for example, or Just On Time (Pure XS), simply because the Zara Drydown pulls down the overall impression for me. But if you are looking for a long-lasting, clearly perceptible night scent, or if you like Ultra Mâle, you can take a blind look here.