Bath took 29 out of a possible 30 points in their Pool matches last year before bowing out in the quarter-finals to Stade Francais Paris, 36-20 at The Recreation Ground. If that was a tough day at the office for the home side, it was also a lesson learned.
"The quarter-final defeat was tough to take last season, but we learned from it. It is always a highlight of the season playing in Europe and we are looking forward to another positive campaign starting on 12 October," said Abendanon.
"It was awesome when we won the Challenge Cup against Worcester at Gloucester in 2008. It was a moment I will never forget and I'd love to see us repeat that success this season.
"We have started very well in the Premiership and we've won three of the four games in the initial block of matches in September. We've got another one of Friday night before we head into Europe and, if we can make it four from five, it will give us a huge confidence boost.
"Our pack is looking big and strong and they have been giving us good ball to play with. If they can continue to do the same in Bordeaux then we might just be able to carry on where we left off last season in the Pool."
As well as Top 14 outfit Bordeaux-Begles, Bath also have Newport Gwent Dragons in their Pool this season, providing them with the shortest possible trip in the tournament for one of their away games. The Italian club Mogliano make up the four teams in the Pool.
"This tournament is a good springboard in building a winning culture and confidence at a club and we intend to approach it in the same way we did last season. We picked our best team in every game and only dropped one point in the Pool stages," said director of rugby Gary Gold.
"We take it very seriously at Bath and we'd love to win it again. The way the competition is set-up makes it very difficult in the knock-out stages when the clubs come down from the Heineken Cup and perhaps it would be fairer if the Pool winners got home semi-finals as in the past.
"But we really enjoyed playing against Stade Francais last season and it is great to meet some of Europe's top teams in this tournament. It is the gateway to the Heineken Cup and that is where we want to be playing next season."