Yeah I'd say the old red (Rouge) is more of a Christmas red. The Pomme is just a really sparkly, deep red.
Hopefully this helps for comparison, sorry I didn't have a better one. The Biscayne Bay on the right is Rouge and the heart over on the left is Pomme.
Yeah unfortunately they discontinued it as of about 2006 then they came out with Pomme. I'm not sure if there are still any pieces around though, you may want to call 866-Vuitton or visit your nearest store to see if they can locate anything for you.
i hate red...but really love the pomme. i wanna get the koala wallet. (or a cles at least!) i dont even have 1 LV wallet. I cant see spending $700 for something that just goes inside my purse when i could have....a new purse...and i cant have both at the same time. rawr. i am always so torn.