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I N T R O D U C I N G. "Elephant on a Tightrope" evolved out of our appreciation of fine wines, and a desire to create a French wine brand for today's consumer that would strike a balance between wine style, price and packaging without compromising standards — a line of French wines for today.

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  1. I N T R O D U C I N G "Elephant on a Tightrope" evolved out of our appreciation of fine wines, and a desire to create a French wine brand for today's consumer that would strike a balance between wine style, price and packaging without compromising standards — a line of French wines for today.

  2. WINES HAND-SELECTED FROM FAMILY-RUN VINEYARDS We have personally selected our wines from family-run vineyards that continue to produce wines representative of their terroir. We unified these wines under a single brand name with attractive labeling, at a price that today's consumer will appreciate.

  3. WINES FROM BEAUJOLAIS: Southern Beaujolais Beaujolais is a region in southern Burgundy that primarily produces a red wine from the gamay grape. It is a versatile wine, matching well with savory or sweet, and goes well with spicy dishes. The appellations in southern Beaujolais include Beaujolais, Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais-Villages. A small quantity of white Beaujolais is also produced.

  4. WINES FROM BEAUJOLAIS: Domaine Paul Durdilly Winemakers, Bertrand Durdilly, and Paul Durdilly in their cellar. Our Beaujolais comes from the family-run, Domaine Paul Durdilly. This domain in southern Beaujolais was established in 1750, and is run today by winemaker Paul Durdilly. This domain has 10 hectares of vines with Southern exposure.

  5. BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2006: Domaine Paul Durdilly Domaine Paul Durdilly Beaujolais Nouveau 2006 has been awarded the “Grande Medaille d’Or” in the 2006 Trophée Lyon. Tasting notes: Beautiful red tint with hints of violet. Intense, complex fruit aromas, dominated by fresh red fruits. Harmonious, crisp and structured on the palate.

  6. WINES FROM BEAUJOLAIS: Terre des Sablons Our Beaujolais Villages comes from Terre des Sablons, in southern Beaujolais. This domain has two hectares of vines with Southern exposure, ranging from 25-35 years of age.

  7. TERRE DES SABLONS: Winemaker Bertrand Durdilly in his vineyard Winemaker of Terre des Sablons, Bertrand Durdilly was involved in his family’s domain from a young age, and decided to continue the family tradition. Educated as a professional winemaker, Bertrand Durdilly employs growing techniques which respect tradition as well as the environment.

  8. Packaged to reflect the festive celebrations surrounding its release, our single vineyard Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2006, produced by Bertrand Durdilly, will be released this November in the US. Beaujolais Villages wines, must include grapes from at least two of the communes in Haut-Beaujolais, and the minimum alcohol is 10%.

  9. WINES FROM HAUT BEAUJOLAIS: Beaujolais Crus There are several levels of quality in Beaujolais. The finest Beaujolais, are the Beaujolais crus. These are 10 site-specific wines that carry the name of the crus on the label. Beaujolais Crus include Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin à Vent, Regnié, Saint Amour

  10. WINES FROM HAUT BEAUJOLAIS: Beaujolais Crus Beaujolais crus wine offer more depth and exhibit more personality than Beaujolais or Beaujolais Villages, and are ageworthy for five to eight years following the harvest. Many are aged in oak. Some wines from this region can be easily mistaken for premier cru Burgundy from the Cote d'Or.

  11. ELEPHANT ON A TIGHTROPE PRESTIGE We have grouped our Beaujolais Crus under our Prestige line, a premium selection for special occasions, with a more refined labeling that communicates quality.

  12. BEAUJOLAIS CRUS: JULIENAS Château de Julienas Our Juliénas is from the Château de Juliénas, a family-run estate in northern Beaujolais known as Haut Beaujolais, which has been run by the same family for 100 years. The domain has 35 hectares of vines in the “Julienas” appellation.

  13. BEAUJOLAIS CRUS: JULIENAS Château de Julienas The vines on this estate benefit from a sunny south/southeast exposure. Grapes are harvested by hand and wine is matured for 7-8 months and bottled at the estate.

  14. BEAUJOLAIS CRUS: JULIENAS Château de Julienas The Château de Juliénas has received numerous awards for their wines dating from back to1866, Recently, they received the Silver Medal in the “52ème Concours des Grand Vins de France” in 2006 for their 2005 millésime. Their wines have also been mentioned in “Le Guide Hachette des vins 2006”, Petit Futé 2006, and received a 87/100 from the Guide Gilbert & Gaillard des Vins 2006.

  15. CHATEAU DE JULIENAS: Winemaker Visiting with winemaker Thierry Condamine (right) at the Château de Julienas Thierry Condamine is the winemaker at the Château de Julienas. He is the fifth generation of winemakers in the family, with over 20 years of experience. He received a BEPA in as winemaking and oenology in Beaune.

  16. BEAUJOLAIS CRUS: MORGON Domaine du Crêt de Ruyère Our Morgon is from the Domaine du Crêt de Ruyere in Villié Morgon which has been In the same family for four generations. The domain has 6.5 hectares of vines on south and southeast facing slopes in the foothills of the 'Massif Central'.

  17. BEAUJOLAIS CRUS: MORGON Domaine du Crêt de Ruyère The vines are from 10 to 90 years old, with most around 45 years. The wines include a non-filtered cuvée « nature » with almost no intervention, a cuvée « tradition » reflecting the terroir, a cuvée aged in oak casks to soften the tannins, and a cuvée aged in oak barrels for a nice balance between oak and fruit.

  18. DOMAINE DU CRET DE RUYERE: Winemaker Cathy and Jean-Luc Gauthier in their tasting room The winemaker for this domain is Jean-Luc Gauthier, 40 years old, with a BTS in oenology. Jean-Luc joined the family domain in 1986, and continues to run the domain with his wife Cathy.

  19. DOMAINE DU CRET DE RUYERE: Winemaker Since 2003 Jean-Luc and Cathy (previously a wine broker), took over the management of the domain and made the decision to request organic certification and to change the cellar and wine making techniques.

  20. DOMAINE DU CRET DE RUYERE: Wines They have used no chemical weed killers or fertilizers since 1987 and are in the first year of conversion to organic farming with ECOCERT. All the work in the vines is carried out respecting the environment. They use as little S02 as possible.

  21. DOMAINE DU CRET DE RUYERE: Wines The wines from this domain are made to be aged, and are given the time to evolve before being commercialised. This domain received the Decanter Award in 2005 for their 2003 millésime.

  22. THE LANGUEDOC REGION The Languedoc region reaches from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Sea, and is home to many appellations. This appellation area has a wide diversity of terroirs and countryside. The climate is influenced by the contrasting weather conditions by the Mediterranean coast in the south, and the mountain ranges in the north.

  23. THE LANGUEDOC REGION The last decade has seen a focus on quality over quantity in this region. Today, the Languedoc-Roussillon region is one of the most innovative and exciting wine producing regions in the world today. The winemakers here have a spirit of adventure.

  24. LANGUEDOC WINES: Preignes le Neuf Our wines have been selected from the domain Preignes le Neuf, a domain that has been run by the Vic family for five generations (since 1898). This domain has 200 hectares of vineyards. The wines they produce are an expression of the unique terroir of the Garrigues.

  25. LANGUEDOC WINES: Preignes le Neuf This domain grows 8 différents varietals, including 6 red, representing 80% of the domain: syrah, merlot, cabernets franc et sauvignon, grenache, cinsault, and two white representing the remaining 20% : chardonnay et vermentino.

  26. LANGUEDOC WINES: Preignes le Neuf The vines belonging to Preignes le Neuf are on the average 20 years old. The domain produces a Chardonnay with the intense aroma of white flowers, a Grenache Rosé (vinified through the « saignée » method)with an intense fruity aromas and flavor of wild raspberries, and a robust Cabernet Sauvignon.

  27. PREIGNES LE NEUF: Winemaker The Vic family, two generations of winemakers The winemaker, Hervé de Saussine, is responsible for the cellar and the vinification. Trained as a professional œnologue, he began his career at the Domaine d'Espondeilhan. For the past ten years he has been using his savoir-faire at Preignes le Neuf, but decisions concerning the wines and techniques are a team effort.

  28. ELEPHANT ON A TIGHTROPE WINES: Quality Wines From Year-to-Year Winemaking remains a family business in France. We personally source our wines from family-operated estates whose wines are produced from the yields of their vineyards. We base our selection on the quality of the wine, not the quantity produced, and maintain a close relationship with these estates, so we can be assured of wines that remain true to their terroir and of consistent quality from year-to-year.

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