The perfume in the bottle I received is much stronger than the sample, which I liked (hence I ordered it), but in comparison it smells very thin. I'm not sure if that is because I dab from the sample versus spraying. Anyway, I'm very happy with this purchase. Again, I'm wondering if this is an older bottle, and "pre-reformulation," as rumor has it that recent versions of this are much less pungent.
The perfume itself is dark, like this picture, if that is a clue. Other pictures of this have a much lighter color. The box is the older, grey box and it does have the older cap. As I have no experience with "vintage" Rose Poivrée, I have no way of knowing if this is the same.
It kind of gives me a headache when, on Basenotes, some people refer to fragrances that came out two years ago as "vintage" and worry that currently-selling bottles have already been reformulated.
Anyway, this smells great! My main commentator doesn't like this much and calls it "death by cumin." I'm happy, though.
Sample photo from Flickr.
Full bottle photo from foro.deperfumes.com.