I like clove and usually enjoy the pairing with its cousin carnation. A great example for that is vintage Coty L'Origan, a perfume rich in character and plot twists. Caron also have the classic Bellodgia, a perfume that's all about carnations in the sun. I don't have a truly vintage sample of Poivre on hand (it was launched in 1954), so I can't tell if the chemical-medicinal aura I get is a result of an extremely poor reformulation. I can't truly dislike it: my grandfather was a dentist and Poivre smells exactly like his hands. A couple of weeks ago would have been my grandpa's 100th birthday, and since I don't have any Old Spice around here, Caron will have to do.
The late dry-down of Poivre offers some an improvement. It's sweeter, woodsier, and frankly smells a little more expensive. Caron Poivre is worth sampling, of course, but if you have clove issues it'd be wise to stay far far away.
Different sources list different notes: red pepper, black pepper, clove, carnation, ylang ylang, opoponax, sandalwood, vetiver, oakmoss. Or: pepper, clove, geranium rose base, jasmine, tuberose, carnation bouquet.
Caron Poivre extrait de parfum ($100, 7.5ml) is available from Caron boutiques around the world; also at Luckyscent.
Vintage Caron Poivre ads (circa 1955) from an onine auction.