In the words of Francis Urquhart:Tvrtko C. wrote: ↑May 3rd, 2021, 10:41 amJulian Marshall wrote: ↑May 3rd, 2021, 6:36 am I don't think anyone has brought this up yet - in one of his posts defending his decision, AG mentioned that another publication offers the same, without disclosing the name. I had read somewhere that it was JR, so I had a look, and sure enough, she does:
If you don't want to look, there are two 48 hour preview options - Gold, for £125 and Professional, for £180 (per year, not per month!), the difference being that with the more expensive option, you can reuse notes for commercial purposes.
So, you might ask, why should AG not do the same?
Why indeed - well, the difference of the price is not for nothing. Notwithstanding the quality of her work, I don't remember any JR score or note having an impact on any wine's price. I think JR has consciously ploughed her own furrow, which people like or not, but which does not have the same profile as RMP before and AG now. The scoring system is one reason, the notes themselves are another.
The other difference is the openness - JR's is there for all subscribers to see before clicking on the subscription option they prefer.
Also it was not, I imagine, created the week before EP.
Aside from the obvious and very superficial literal analogy, this is just apples and oranges, in almost every conceivable way.
A bit rich, isn't it?
“Loyalty may be good news, but it is rarely good advice.”
More seriously - no, I don't believe it is the same thing at all - if JR's system has existed since whenever without comment, it's because it has no impact on prices and nobody cares. I don't believe JR ever had the ambition the others have. It doesn't make it any better but it's just irrelevant.