Nicolas Chemarin farms 5 hectares of land in the village of Marchampt and a few small plots in Regnié and Morgon. Marchampt is a tiny village secluded in the forested hills of western Beaujolais, just past Quincie en Beaujolais, on the edge of the Massif Central. Nicolas is the fourth generation to farm the family property and the only male of his generation to stay in the village, a fact that has earned him the nickname “Petit Grobis” a term of endearment having to do with small hollows in trees used by owls. It was Nicolas’ father, Lucien, who first moved the family farm away from polyculture in order to concentrate his activities on his vineyards.
Soils have a sand and schist top layer, with a subsoil of decomposed rock and clay. The vines are planted on slopes with a full southern exposure, with an average 20% grade. Vines are "gobelet" pruned, planting density is 10,000 vines per hectare, the vines have 40 years with yields of 40 HL/Ha. Whole cluster fermentation lasts for 20 days in cement vats at low temperatures (average 18°C). 40% of the cuvée is matured on its fine lees in used oak barrels for 10 months, 60% is matured on its fine lees in cement vat for 10 months. The cuves are blended just before bottling.