After winning his third gold medal at the London Olympics in the men’s 4 x 100m relay, Usain Bolt had as good a reason as any to celebrate last Saturday. Known as “Lightning Bolt,” the 25-year-old is the only athlete ever to have won gold in both the 100m and the 200m in consecutive Games.
Bolt was clearly delighted with his success. The day after the 200m event, on August 10, he tweeted: “Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that’s for sure.”
So how do you toast becoming a living legend?
Bolt’s evening began at The Puma Yard in Brick Lane, Jamaica’s party headquarters during the Olympics. The Associated Press reports that he thrilled the crowd with a DJ set.
He then moved to exclusive West End nightclub Movida, in the company of fellow Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake and British swimmer Rebecca Adlington.
At Movida, Bolt et al were given a nebuchadnezzar of Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Champagne, worth about $125,000. The brand belongs to the Cattier family, who have owned and cultivated vineyards since the mid-18th century. Armand de Brignac was named no. 1 Champagne in the world by “Fine Champagne Magazine” in 2010. The distinctly aspirational wine has also been rapped about by American hip hop artist Jay-Z.
In a company tweet, Armand de Brignac divulged that the bottle was a “15L Gold Nebuchadnezzar,” suggesting it was the Brut Gold in which Bolt indulged. The cuvée is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.
A nebuchadnezzar is the fourth-largest type of Champagne bottle, the biggest being a melchizedek, equivalent to 40 standard bottles, or 30 liters. Other traditional formats — often named after biblical kings or historical figures — include the balthazar (16 bottles, 12l); the salmanazar (12 bottles, 9l); the methuselah (eight bottles, 6l); the rehoboam (six bottles, 4.5l); the jeroboam (four or six bottles, 3-4.5l); and the magnum (two bottles, 1.5l).
Photos from the evening on Movida’s Facebook page show the club swarming with party-goers either pointing their cellphone cameras at Bolt or reaching out to him as though he were the messiah.
With his 26th birthday on August 21, the question is how will he celebrate his next landmark?