What a line-up: the 'official' Corsican perfumer, one of the most 'Corsican' of all ingredients, in a perfume with an 'official' immortelle name! Corticchiato's Fougère Bengale - is for me already one of the most beautiful perfumes around this note but a combination with saffron and apricot didn't really seem to be my thing, at least in words, but, voila, the mixture does it and Immortelle Corse is coherent as it is delicious. The last time I saw an apricot taking over right from the start was Jeux de peau, but here the fruit is drier, desweet and at the same time liqueur-like and spicy, perhaps by means of saffron? No industrial dried fruit, but materia prima of first-class fruits, where the warm climate is almost to taste, similar to the excellent Portuguese dried fruits from Elvas. The whole thing drifts into an immortelle phase in high-definition slow motion. This is realistic, also largely devoid of sweetness, yet very reminiscent of the hand in the plant. Later on, fortunately for me, I keep thinking of Sabels (1985) - the 'oldest' perfume that stormed my private Olympus just over 10 years ago. That reference is more boisterous, brutalistic and eccentric; Immortelle Corse is more delicate, subtle and realistic, and has a brilliant, long finish with highly integrated oakmoss. Concentration as an extrait de parfum here means persistence and detail, not immediate intensity. As with other Parfum d'Empire releases of the last six years, a few choice ingredients are negotiated here, dynamism is present, especially in the microtonal range. For those interested in Helichrysum, a focused as well as modern option.