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Drinks: Wine gifts from Burgundy are always welcome

Burgundy always is a special gift. But even if the euro dives against the dollar, prices don't plummet.

Maison Joseph Drouhin, one of the region's major producers, offers a broad range of excellent wines. And you can pick some peak reds and whites at comparatively off-peak costs.

The 2007 Chablis-Vaudésir Grand Cru ($72) could age a bit, but it's lively and lemony right now, a perfect match with shellfish and smoked fish, or solo. There's more complexity to the 2007 Chassagne-Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche ($97), a wonderful chardonnay, with pear notes and a suggestion of vanilla. The 2007 Beaune Clos des Mouches white ($101): elegant, with some citrus, almond and honey, exceptional with seafood.

Drouhin's red-velvet 2007 Beaune Clos des Mouches ($80), balanced and slightly earthy, calls for stews, roast lamb, duck, lighter game.

The price tag rises and the return does, too, with the 2007 Clos de Vougeot ($172), very much a grand cru, from the legendary vineyard between Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny. Expect this wine to last 20-plus years. Today, it displays depth, red berries, classic style.

If you'd prefer a shorter wait: the 2007 Charmes-Chambertin($156), a ruby-hued beauty, harmonious and complex, inviting and evocative. The impatient should consider it for the 2015 holiday season, with a Dickensian roast beef.


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