The proceeds from Guerlain’s new limited edition perfume, Le Bouquet de la Reine (the Queen’s Bouquet), will play a part in restoring the pomp and splendour of the Château de Versailles’ Royal Apartments.
The bottles – available from this week until Tuesday May 17 and priced at €550 – are exquisite collector’s items: reproductions of the iconic Quadrilobé flacon created in 1908 for the Rue de la Paix boutique; made by heritage glass company Verreries Brosse, founded in 1892; and decorated with the Sun King medallion (Guerlain’s emblem), marking the era when Louis XIV moved his court from Paris to Versailles. The crowning jewel, of 23ct sculpted gold, was created by haute-couture jeweller Maison Desrues.
In-house perfumer Thierry Wasser’s inspiration for the composition of this olfactory bouquet came from the André Le Nôtre-designed Versailles gardens, and Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon. It is an update of the Cour des Senteurs, Versailles, and opens with light green citrus notes of galbanum, bergamot and jasmine, one of Marie Antoinette’s favourite flowers. Garlands of spring flowers follow suit: lily of the valley, cyclamen and freesia. The base of the fragrance is white musk and light amber.
“Marie Antoinette was fascinated with all the scents from the gardens, and Thierry Wasser has reproduced them to compose a unique bouquet reflecting the queen’s precious flowers to perfection. The queen was an 18th-century fashion icon who continues to inspire us all,” says Catherine Pégard, president of the Palace of Versailles, Museum and National Estate of Versailles.