Spanish Wine Review: Las Retamas del Regajal 2009

by mary on July 30, 2013

Las Retamas 2009: Spanish wine from the Madrid region

We were in Bar Amor in the Malasaña district of Madrid for my birthday dinner. It had been a full day of great food and wine…honestly it was a bit of a blur. Bar Amor has a short, but good wine list, with a nice selection of Spanish wines and local Madrid bottles. The Retamas 2009 caught my eye right away as it was on my hit list. It’s the little sister to the well known Madrid wine El Regajal, one of the wines that changed Madrid’s reputation in the wine world. The Retamas del Regajal, a Tempranillo blend, is a big, fruity and attractive wine at an amazing price. It was the perfect match with our delicious presa ibérica dish, an intensely flavored cut of ibérico pork. The dish and the wine both stood out from the enjoyable birthday haze.

Bodegas El Regajal has been producing great wines for over ten years and has been instrumental in changing the reputation of Vinos de Madrid. In a previous article I talk a little more in depth about the subregions, el Regajal is in the warmest, Arganda, specifically the Aranjuez area.

The wines are warm, big and very accessible, and are similar in style to wines of La Mancha and outlying appellations. The winery follows biodynamic principles in the vineyard and has a small modern winery that respects the environment to the utmost. It’s only about a 30 minute drive outside Madrid, so it’s an easy visit from the capital.

There are three wines, the Regajal Selección Especial, which I have been tasting for a decade and remains a benchmark for quality among Madrid wines. It’s also great value, it has barely risen in price since I first started drinking it; it retails in Spain for about 15€. There is the ultra-premium Galia, which I haven’t tried, for about 25€…it’s next on my hit list!

The baby of the family is the Retamas, and it’s a steal as it retails for only about 8€. For this price point you get a Tempranillo blend with about 10 months aging in French oak that has intense black and red fruit with some nice oak spice. Very big, round mouth with a long smooth finish. It’s a simple, but really pleasant wine and a lot of wine for the price. A must for big red lovers. It’s perfect with meats, barbecue, roasts of any type really.

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be easy to find online here in the US, but I will keep you updated if I get more info. Look for this wine and El Regajal, when visiting Madrid! Also check out Bar Amor in Malasaña!


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Cassandra July 31, 2013 at 3:46 am

I came across Regajal (and Las Retamas) sometime last December in an article detailing local products to give for Christmas. I’ve been meaning to try it ever since but would like to try it by the glass first. Thanks for highlighting this wine and giving some background on it! It’s got a well-secured place on my hit-list now, too.


mary July 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Hi Cassandra…thanks for your comment. it’s frustrating sometimes not to try things by the glass first! But I can definitely recommend either of the wines as long as you like big, bright, and bold reds! It’s so nice to recommend Madrid wines…I hope you get a chance to try them!


Cassandra August 7, 2013 at 2:18 am

Thanks for the info! Full-bodied reds do happen to be my favorite, so I’ll have to give this one a whirl.


Robin August 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Mary – we just returned from Madrid where my husband tried Las Retamas del Regajal 2011 at Casa Lucas. Fell in love with it. Unfortunately, I too have been unsuccessful in finding a site that ships to the US. I’d like to buy a case. Let me know if you find a site/store in or ships to the US. Anyone in Madrid – Casa Lucas is a wonderful bar/restaurant.


mary August 5, 2013 at 2:21 am

Hi Robin! Thanks for your comment. Love that Madrid wine! Unfortunately there is no store that ships directly to the US due to US laws, but I assume Regajal must either have an importer already or be trying to get one. If I find out, I will let you know.
Casa Lucas is my absolute favorite since 2002 when it was totally unknown…that’s awesome you liked it! There are so many great places in Madrid and new great ones everyday, but Casa Lucas still stays right up on top! I’ve written about it several times and plan on doing an update soon.


Bodega El Regajal August 11, 2013 at 6:57 am

Thanks for your comments. Glad you liked Las Retamas. We’re very proud of it. Unfortunately, we don’t have a US importer yet. We’ll let you know as soon as we get one. Any suggestion?


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