Garnet with touches of ochre. Mature, round, classically-styled Cabernet nose: slightly spicy red and black fruit, caraway, tobacco and mint leaf, old leather and earth. A bit sooty as a wine at full maturity can be. Quite oaky but nothing too aggressive. Of modest concentration and length. Good Paulliac typicity. Barb says, “Two-dimensional: plum and cassis”. Her point is a good one in that you could extend her comment on two-dimensional fruit character to Clerc Milon as a whole: it is a solid, consistent example but it does not enjoy the layers of information of the very best Paulliacs. The ’89 is still in good shape but we liked it more ten years ago. It is not cracking up either. I would say the more Clerc Milon we enjoy the more I think the best window to drink them is between years ten and fifteen with the ability to keep as long at thirty. This ’89 falls right in that description – drink sooner than later, will keep well.