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Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis

Bordeaux is turning its back on 'Parker-style' wines and returning to a more traditional style, according to Francis Boutemy of Chteau Haut-Lagrange. Boutemy was at the Caf Royal in London last week for the first UK tasting held by Assemblage en Bordeaux, a new association of 25 wine growers from 24 Bordeaux appellations. Boutemy instigated the initiative, which aims to put wine growers, whom Boutemy claims represent 90% of Bordeaux, into direct contact with buyers. He told Harpers: 'There has been a swing back to a more classic balance between good extraction and finesse.' He also said that the Bordelais are improving concentration through better extraction. Recent turbulence in the market for Bordeaux wines, especially from US buyers, has made planning ahead hard. Those looking to list Assemblage wines should contact Sophie Vallejo on 020 8563 9436.