Champagne has many different types/styles based on; the grapes in the blend, time spent aging in the caves, the “dosage” sweetener added, vintages, and most importantly, the producer’s style which they try to make a consistent “house” style” year after year. All of the types come in both lighter and heaver body styles. Champagne major styles include; Non-vintage, Vintage, Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noirs & Rose.
Most Champagnes are nonvintage (NV) and are a blend of three grapes—Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier (red) (now called just Meunier) and Chardonnay. But seven permitted varieties can be grown in Champagne. The other four are Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier and Arbane.
Champagnes are also a blend of several vintages and several wines, often from many villages throughout the region and are the least expensive Champagnes.