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The Wine-List Midas Touch

Every wine program that Michel Couvreux touches seems to turn to gold
Esther Mobley
Issue: October 15, 2014

Guy Savoy and L'Arpège in Paris; Bouley, Le Bernardin, Cru and Per Se in New York: That sums up Michel Couvreux's career thus far, and it's about as sterling a résumé as one can have in fine dining. Couvreux, 46, grew up on a small farm in Brittany, France; the family drank cider from their orchards, but seldom had wine. As a teenager, Couvreux took two degrees—first, he trained as a chef, then as a maître d'hôtel—before deciding, at 17, to pursue a career as a sommelier. Now head sommelier at Per Se, Couvreux sat down with Wine Spectator's Esther Mobley to discuss his professional journey, what it's like to drink at Per Se and building a Grand Award-winning list.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands September 16, 2014.

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