Toulouse were first to claim the prize back in the inaugural final in 1996 and went on to taste final success three more times while Brive followed them as the champions of Europe in 1997.
And while Toulouse have been the most successful club overall ahead of the likes of Leinster, Munster, Leicester Tigers and London Wasps, they not only also featured in all three previous all-French finals but they won the lot.
Wind the clock back 10 years and the first of those strictly French affairs also took place at the home of Irish rugby with Fabien Pelous leading Toulouse to a 22-17 victory over Perpignan with back rower Christian Labit awarded the Heineken man of the match trophy.
Vincent Clerc - the tournament's leading try scorer - crossed for one of his 35 Heineken Cup tries to edge Toulouse home but two years later there was not a try in sight as Toulouse again saw of fellow French opposition in beating Stade Francais Paris at Murrayfield.
It needed extra time for Pelous' Toulouse to triumph 18-12 in the Scottish capital contest of the battle of the boots and head coach Guy Noves almost missed the celebrations after a pitchside "misunderstanding" with Scottish Police Officers.
Five years on and it was the turn of Biarritz Olympique to suffer at the hands of cup kings Toulouse, Biarritz's Karmichael Hunt getting the only try at Stade de France but captain Thierry Dusautoir the one who lifted the trophy after a 21-19 win in front of 78,962 fans.
Now it is Clermont and Toulon going head-to-head with the prize of being only the third French club to be crowned kings of Europe.
The clubs are also locked in a fierce fight for Top 14 honours and both will be harbouring dreams of a domestic and European double to emulate Toulouse's achievements in 1996.
THE 8th HEINEKEN CUP FINAL - Lansdowne Road, Dublin - 24 May, 2003
Toulouse 22 Perpignan 17
HT: 19-0 Attendance: 28,600
Toulouse: C Poitrenaud; E Ntamack, X Garbajosa, Y Jauzion, V Clerc; Y Delaigue, F Michalak; B Lecouls, Y Bru (W Servat 14), J Poux (C Soulette 73), D Gerard, F Pelous [capt], T Brennan (F Maka 65), J Bouilhou, C Labit
Try - V Clerc; Conversion - Y Delaigue; Penalty - Y Delaigue (5)
Perpignan: J Souverbie; P Bomati, P Giordani, C Manas, F Cermeno; M Edmonds, L Loustau; R Peillard, M Konieck (M dal Maso 58), N Mas (S de Besombes 60), J Thion, R Alvarez Kairelis, G Le Corvec, B Goutta [capt], P Murphy (L Mallier 65)
Try - P Bomati; Penalty - M Edmonds (4)
Heineken Man of the Match: Christian Labit (Toulouse)
Referee: Chris White (England) replaced by Tony Spreadbury (England 16)
THE10th HEINEKEN CUP FINAL - Murrayfield, Edinburgh - 22 May, 2005
Stade Français Paris 12 Toulouse 18
HT: 12-6 Attendance: 51,326
Stade Français Paris: J Hernandez; J Arias, S Glas, B Liebenberg (R King 80), C Dominici; D Skrela, A Pichot (J Fillol 78); R Roncero (P de Villiers 64), M Blin (B Kayser 55), P de Villiers (S Marconnet 50), D Auradou [capt], M James, M Bergamasco (R Martin 70), R Martin (P Rabadan 64), S Sowerby
Penalty - D Skrela (4)
Toulouse: C Poitrenaud; V Clerc (C Heymans 64), Y Jauzion, F Fritz, G Thomas; F Michalak, J Elissalde (J Dubois 78); J Poux (D Human 51), W Servat (Y Bru 64), O Hasan, F Pelous [capt] (J Bouilhou 44), R Millo-Chluski (D Gerard 70), T Brennan, F Maka, C Labit (I Maka 64)
Replacements used: J Bouilhou, D Human, D Gerard, Y Bru, I Maka, C Heymans, J Dubois
Penalty - J Elissalde (3), F Michalak (2); Drop Goal - F Michalak
Heineken Man of the Match: Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse)
Referee: Chris White (England)
THE15th HEINEKEN CUP FINAL - Stade de France, Paris - 22 May, 2010
Biarritz Olympique 19 Toulouse 21
HT: 9-12 Attendance: 78,962
Biarritz Olympique: I Balshaw; T Ngwenya, A Mignardi, K Hunt, J Gobelet (P Bidabe 59); J Peyrelongue, D Yachvili (V Courrent 69); E Coetzee (F Barcella 50), B August (R Terrain 66), C Johnstone, J Thion [capt], T Hall (M Carizza 59), M Lund, W Lauret (F Faure 59), I Harinordoquy
Try - K Hunt; Conversion - V Courrent; Penalty - D Yachvili (4)
Toulouse: C Poitrenaud (C Heymans 68); V Clerc, F Fritz, Y Jauzion (Y David 69), M Medard; D Skrela, B Kelleher; J Poux (D Human 60), W Servat (A Vernet Basualdo 74), B Lecouls (C Johnston 64), R Millo-Chluski (Y Maestri 58), P Albacete, J Bouilhou, T Dusautoir [capt], S Sowerby (L Picamoles 69)
Penalty - F Fritz, D Skrela (3); Drop Goal - F Fritz, D Skrela (2)
Yellow Card - P Albacete (48)
Heineken Man of the Match: William Servat (Toulouse)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
THE18th HEINEKEN CUP FINAL - Aviva Stadium, Dublin - 18 May, 2013
ASM Clermont Auvergne v Toulon