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A term formerly used in Germany and Austria to classify a particularly outstanding wine, a so-called Kreszenz. The origin of the term is a wine cellar built in 1245 by the Cistercians in the Eberbach monastery (municipality of Eltville-Hattenheim in the German wine-growing region of Rheingau). The term cabinet is derived from a cellar compartment in which the best wines were stored (French cabinet = adjoining room; the term treasury has a similar meaning). It was first used in 1712 to describe a wine as reserve quality. This historic cellar is still called a "cabinet cellar" today. Such wines were not allowed to be fortified with sugar (to increase the alcohol content).

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