In a sauce pot, dissolve the sugar in the white wine and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the dried red currents to plump them. In a separate bowl, toss the pears with the balsamic, add to the sauce pot and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. The mixture should be tender but the pear pieces should still be intact. To assemble, carve the duck breast and place half of the compote in the center of the plate and fan the breast over the compote. Spoon the reduced sauce over the meat. Place two long chives over the compote making an X. Essence the rim.
Yield: 2 servings