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Teso La Monja 2017

Teso La Monja

A wine set to become a legend


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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti15.0%
Production800 bottles

The wine

Teso La Monja is a true reflection of the Eguren family’s love affair with the lands of Toro. It’s an invitation to enjoy the exceptional nature of the Tinta de Toro, and the very close relationship the vineyard has with its environment. It’s a wine born to become legendary, with the aspiration to transcend generations and leave a deeply lasting memory which will remain in times to come.

What does this wine taste like?

Teso La Monja combines intense hints of ripe black fruit and cherries in liquor, with lactic and toasty notes resulting from its oak ageing. After a recommendable decantation, the sweet spices of the oak tone down their impression, allowing a much more exotic nose to come forth, perfumed with blue flowers and balsamic touches of incense and liquorice. The grapes, of outstanding quality, seem better integrated with the tertiary aromas on each additional sip. The wine comes over as exuberant on the palate, with a considerable amount of body enveloped in fine-grained tannins. Chalk is apparent, bringing to mind the soil in the vineyard, encircled by a halo of cigar smoke. There’s no doubt Teso La Monja is a monumental wine, a concentrated and well-matured Toro, with a slightly warm and seemingly eternal finish.

Drinking and storing

It will continue to evolve and round off in in bottle for 15 years after its harvest date, even beyond that in the best vintage years. It will favour a lengthy oxygenation in a decanter with a very wide base and using a goblet-type glass that’s tall and large, which will allow the wine full and free expression.


Food pairing

It needs substantial dishes, ideally those with red meat. Large game and beef prove great combinations, whether grilled, roasted or casseroled.

Red meat
Cured cheeses
Stews and casseroles

Ratings and awards

201795 PK
201494 PK
201395 PK
201294 PK
201194 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The eponymous top-of-the-range 2017 Teso la Monja comes from one of the driest and earliest years in history. The wine is ripe and hits the scale at 15.1% alcohol while keeping good freshness and acidity. It's always produced with the grapes from a 1.8-hectare plot that has more limestone than the average in the zone; the grapes were hand destemmed by a team of 75 people, fermented in an open oak vat and went through malolactic in an egg-shaped oak vat built by Taransaud, an "Ovum," where the wine was kept until July 2018. The élevage continued in three new Bordeaux barrels from July 2018 to February 2020 when they bottled 890 bottles. The wine is ripe and oaky, quite extroverted, aromatic and open. The vineyard receives the north wind, and it's cooler than other vineyards—the ripening is slower and very homogeneous. It's also floral, and the tannins feel a little stiff, with the chalky sensation on the palate, a texture rather than a flavor. They get only 500 kilos of grapes per hectare, which brings perfect ripeness. This is a wine that needs a long time in bottle; this is still marked by the élevage, and I still cannot picture where this is going to go, we'd need a time machine for that...

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/06/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2017 - 95 PARKER

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The bunches are harvested and destemmed manually by a team of around 60 people. Between 35% and 45% of the grapes are treaded in the traditional way. Fermentation takes place in an open oak vat for about 10 days and maceration lasts for 21 days. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in an egg-shaped oak vat called an OVUM, and ageing (24-26 months) in new French barrels that come from Bordeaux. The wine is released after the rest of the range and barely exceeds 800 bottles per annum.

Vinification materialWood
Ageing periodBetween 24 and 26 months
Barrel ageNew
Type of woodFrench oak


It originates from a 1.8-hectare plot planted with old vines in soils covered in pebbles and gravel. The vineyard contains a greater percentage of calcium carbonate (limestone) than the local average and the north winds are prevalent, making it cooler too. Yields are very low (500 kg/ha), but the slow development of the grapes assures perfect ripening.

SoilGravel surface / Pebbles
Surface area1.80 hectares

The winery

Teso La Monja

Teso La Monja

The Eguren family, originally from La Rioja, discovered Toro and has stayed with it, persuaded by the land’s potential and by the Tinta de Toro, a grape with great structure, able to convey the minerality of the soils but with a strong character that needs understanding and “taming”. Marcos Eguren understands it perfectly and proved this with the wines of his first project in the region, Numanthia Termes, powerful wines, always subtle and elegant. Teso La Monja possesses more...