Maybe she's been driven to create it by the relatively recent arrival of an exciting rose ingredient - LMR's Rose Essential - formed by amalgamating the usual rose oil with some of the scented matter that would normally have been cast aside during the extraction process (or 'relegated' to rose water). Certainly, Rose Royale displays much of the extraordinary photo-realism possessed by the LMR material. But technological advances notwithstanding, what Nicolaï has given us here is that rare example of a rose that smells like an idyllic childhood fantasy of the flower - joyful, optimistic and as weightless as a sprite.
Yes, as it progresses, it becomes a touch too sweet and voluminous for something so fine-limbed - a consequence of the need for musks in the base? - but that's an acceptable price to pay for all that comes before. A wink of coriander. A squeeze of blackcurrant. A few discreet shavings of wood. And above all: a sense of fulfilment. You bring your nose to the petals and, for once, they actually smell of the flower - a scent as delightful as all the most reliable tunes.
[Review based on a sample of eau de toilette provided by Nicolaï in 2017]