Sotheby’s Wine presents The Scholarly Cellar of Dr Gordon Ku

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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Courtesy Sotheby's.
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

HONG KONG.-Sotheby’s Wine will present a spectacular selection of wines from the private cellar of Dr. Gordon Ku on 5 September at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. Comprising over 850 lots estimated at HK$27-38 million / US$3.5-5 million, the sale will offer some of the world’s most revered wines amassed during fifty years of collecting.

“This is the collection of a connoisseur, for connoisseurs, while it is also a collection to take hedonists to heaven. Exploration is what can be done here by those who are lucky enough to acquire wines from the collection.” –Serena Sutcliffe, M.W., Honorary Chairman, Sotheby’s Wine

“It is with immense pleasure that Sotheby’s Wine will offer The Scholarly Cellar of Dr Gordon Ku this September. This sale is a special celebration of Dr Ku’s fifty years of wine collecting, and testament to the passion and devotion that went into creating one of Singapore’s great cellars. Dr Ku had a taste for the classic regions, yet his curiosity and astute tastes meant that he built up an incredible collection of wines from all over the vinous world. His focus was very much on the enjoyment of fine wine and the perfect marriage between food and wine – which again is evident with the variety of styles on offer. Something to match every type of cuisine imaginable!” –Adam Bilbey, Head of Sotheby’s Wine

A discerning wine lover as well as a gastronome, Dr. Gordon Ku’s wine collecting began modestly from when he was training as a physician in London in the early 1970s. Over the course of the following fifty years, he never ceased to explore his interest and appreciation for the finest wines, which grew in tandem with the collection, resulting in this great private cellar.

The collection is headlined by a sensational line-up of Burgundy in a vast range of formats and vintages spanning four decades, including 62 lots of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, 11 of which are DRC assortments in original wooden cases, 54 lots of Domaine Leflaive , and 32 lots of Armand Rousseau.

The sale also boasts an array of show-stopping Bordeaux, with Haut Brion and La Mission, Latour, Lafite, Margaux and Mouton, highlighted by Petrus spanning six decades of starry vintages, including the legendary 1961 vintage and a double magnum of 1970. The Rhône selection features Guigal’s La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque to the fore, rounded up by Chave and La Chapelle. Superlative 1974 vintage from the legendary Heitz Martha’s Vineyard, adds to the New World allure of this collection.