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Earlier used in Germany and Austria name to classify a particularly outstanding wine, a so-called Kreszenz, The origin of the term is a wine cellar built in 1245 Cistercian in the monastery Eberbach The term Cabinet was derived from a cellar in which the best wines were stored (French cabinet = Nebenraum, a similar meaning has the name treasury ). It was first used in 1712 to describe a wine as reserve quality. This historic cellar is still called "Cabinet Cellar" today. Such wines were not allowed to be fortified with sugar (for the purpose of raising alcohol).

The name "Cabinet" was also added to the predicate wine name, for example "Riesling Spätlese Cabinet".

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