Sensory overload as Snif perfumery opens inside Geelong cognac shop Wine Domaine

Snif stocks Cire Trudon home fragrance and candles and with a hint of cognac.
Snif stocks Cire Trudon home fragrance and candles and with a hint of cognac. Photo: Gail Thomas

'A perfumed nose' doesn't only refer to the vintage drops at Geelong's Wine Domaine. Its new perfumery Snif allows shoppers to pick up a bottle of cognac, and smell like one, too.

Snif stocks European perfumes from Fragonard, Penhaligon's, Carthusia, Floris and Robert Piguet, and  luxury home fragrance and candles from 400-year-old French company Cire Trudon.

Wine Domaine specialises in cognac, armagnac and whisky. For sensory overload, you can pick up a bottle of boozy perfume: French cognac house Frapin produces fragrances including gender-neutral '1270' (the year its first vines were planted) which has cognac notes, and 'L'Humaniste' with juniper notes – think gin and tonic. Snif also stocks Lubin's 'Korrigan' perfume with cognac top notes, and Cire Trudon's 'Byron' candle featurescognac head notes.

Wine Domaine owner Dale Cooper imports a selection of Prunier cognacs.
Wine Domaine owner Dale Cooper imports a selection of Prunier cognacs. Photo: Gail Thomas

Speaking of cognac, Wine Domaine's owner Dale Cooper contacted France's Prunier following a customer's enquiry. The Prunier family business began in 1701 as an exporter before establishing its cognac house (a magazine advertisement from 1895 has Prunier's head office for Australasia at 483 Collins Street Melbourne). After a long absence on the local market, Cooper has become the exclusive Prunier cognac importer for Australia and South East Asia. Wine Domaine stocks individual Prunier vintages and its Tres Vieille Grande Champagne XO cognac.

Wine Domaine, 66 Garden Street, Geelong, 03 5222 2600, winedomaine.com.au