Last summer, I blogged about my visit to Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck in Singapore. The post was on August 12th, my birthday, and although I was far from my family in New York, I felt right at home, since I shared the day with my friends Dr. Gordon Ku and his charming wife Gloria. Dr. and Mrs. Ku are some of the most delightful, sophisticated gastronomes that I met during my time in Asia, and I would visit them in Singapore at the drop of a hat. From Imperial Treasure to l’Atelier de Joel Robuchon to secret Chinese restaurants that I can’t tell you about or I’d have to kill you, we ate everywhere and anywhere, each meal more delicious than the last. As delicious as the food was, however, the wines were always spectacular, and generously shared among friends. At the Imperial Treasure, for example, we had a bottle of Selosse, a ’92 Sauzet Montrachet, an ‘01 Jayer, a ‘99 Rousseau Chambertin and a ‘97 Le Pin. Seldom have I been so spoiled.
Now, a year later, Dr. Ku is selling some of his magnificent collection at an auction at Christie’s on August 31st. The catalogue (which can be downloaded here: http://www.christies.com/eCatalogues/index.aspx?saleid=24308) shows the breadth and depth of his connoisseurship. He begins in customary form with a wonderful selection of finely chosen champagne, moves on to exquisite white Bordeaux and white Burgundy before going on to reds, including wines from California, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône valley and Italy. The interesting thing about the sale is the mix of impeccable selections, reasonably priced and manageable quantities along with a few heart-stopping trophy wines, including a jero of ’61 Latour with a level into the neck (lot 249, est. HK$ 80,000 – 100,000); a mag of ’45 La Mission Haut-Brion with a bottom neck level (lot 359, est. HK$ 45,000 – 65,000); three bottles of 1947 Cheval Blanc, reconditioned by the château in 1994 (lot 452, est. HK$ 200,000 – 300,000), and lots and lots of DRC, including three magnums of 1969 Romanée-Conti with very high fills (lot 554, est. HK$ 300,000 – 450,000).
This should be a fantastic sale. Given the provenance of the wines in this collection, it will be undoubtedly be a hotly contested one. Would that I were there! Although I am no longer involved with Christie’s professionally, I count Gordon and Gloria as friends, and I wish them the best of luck! When the auctioneer says “the bid is on the internet from New York…”, please don’t bid against me!